What if people knew what you really thought? What if WikiLeaks got hold of all the “cables” that flit through the channels of your mind and published them on the internet? What if they posted what you really believe about God, your spouse, your in-laws, your boss, your neighbors, and the folks at church? What would happen?
I guess we’d have a smaller version of what we’re seeing play out internationally with the WikiLeaks of U.S. diplomatic cables. Actually, when you stop to think about it, there are no huge surprises. We’ve long since known that we were suspicious of them, and they were suspicious of us. We already knew that we see them as unpredictable goofballs, and that our making nice with them was a calculated means of making order in a chaotic world. What’s surprising? Only that we’ve been shown as unpredictable goofballs too. And honestly that’s no surprise either.
T.M.I. (too much information) applies not only to bodily functions, but also to relationships. Otherwise chaos mounts ever higher.
The only way full disclosure can finally bring good is when it happens in the company of the One who has no darkness within. So he is described in 1 John. As the WikiLeaks story has unfolded, I’ve been pondering on 1 John 1:5-10. I commend it to your own reflection.
The One who is light welcomes us into the light ourselves. That would be terrifying, except for this assurance: if we walk in the light as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin (v. 7). So rather than him withdrawing in horror at the exposure of what we’re really like, he takes all of our unseemliness upon himself, and takes it to the cross. Wow! Thus we really can live in the light with each other. How’s that for good news?
Pray for Mr. WikiLeaks. He thinks exposure is the same thing as living in the light. Not so. In hell everything is exposed, and yet there is still no light. That takes the love of the One who cleanses us from the darkness within.
Living in his light,